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Sustainable food systems and nutrition in the 21st Century: a report from the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium

Sustainable food systems and nutrition in the 21st Century: a report from the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium

Fanzo, Jessica, Rudie, Coral, Sigman, Iman, Grinspoon, Steven, Benton, Tim G, Brown, Molly E ORCID: 0000-0001-7384-3314, Covic, Namukolo, Fitch, Kathleen, Grace, Delia, Hivert, Marie-France, Huybers, Peter, Jaacks, Lindsay, Masters, William A, Nisbett, Nicholas, Richardson, Ruth A, Singleton, Chelsea R, Webb, Patrick and Willett, Walter C (2021) Sustainable food systems and nutrition in the 21st Century: a report from the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:nqab315. ISSN 0002-9165 (Print), 1938-3207 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqab315)

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Abstract

Food systems are at the center of a brewing storm consisting of a rapidly changing climate, rising hunger and malnutrition and significant social inequities. At the same time, there are vast opportunities to ensure that food systems produce healthy and safe food in equitable ways that promote environmental sustainability, especially if the world can come together at the UN Food Systems Summit in late 2021 and make strong and binding commitments towards food system transformation. The NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard and the Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition held their 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium entitled ―Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century” in June 2021. This paper presents a synthesis of this symposium and highlights the importance of food systems to address the burden of malnutrition and non-communicable diseases, climate change, and the economic and social inequities. Transformation of food systems is possible, and the nutrition and health communities have a significant role to play in this transformative process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: food systems, transformation, sustainable diets, affordable diet, inequity, food environments, food governance, double burden of malnutrition, stunting, obesity
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 17 Sep 2021 15:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/33889

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